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Award for Outstanding Achievement
Philip Lynch

Philip Lynch

The Council's Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2007 is presented to Philip Lynch, Chairman & CEO of One51 plc, one of Ireland's leading energy and waste infrastructure companies.

The Council's members and directors are delighted to formally recognize the enormous contribution made by Philip Lynch to the building of connections between Ireland and the United States. Through his corporate leadership, Irish investment in America has flourished.

Furthermore, the social bonds between our two countries have been greatly enhanced by his philanthropic efforts as Chairman of the Irish branch of The First Tee. This worthy and excellent American charity aims to positively impact the lives of young people by promoting character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Over the past two years, One51 plc has become one of the most dynamic companies in the 'green' sector with a capital value of $1.5 billion. Philip Lynch was Group Managing Director, and later Chairman, of the IAWS, a major Irish-based international food and agribusiness group. During his tenure, the company grew from $85 million in annual sales to $2 billion. He engineered a series of U.S. acquisitions by the Irish company, building a significant presence in America.

The IAWS acquired such iconic American brands as La Brea Bakery and introduced to the U.S. Chicago-based Cuisine de France, also in the bakery and confectionery industry. Last year, the company invested over $350 million to acquire Otis Spunkmeyer Holdings, a leading U.S. specialty-baked goods company.

Mr. Lynch serves as a non-executive Director of C&C Group plc, Coillte Teoranta, FBD Holdings plc, and TechRec Ireland Ltd.

Mr. Lynch has also served, having been nominated by the Irish Government, as Chairman of a number of State-owned companies including An Post, An Bord Bia and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. He has been appointed Chairman of the Development Board for the planned National Paediatric Hospital in Dublin by Ireland's Minister for Health.

A native of Innishannon, Co. Cork, he was educated at Hamilton High School, Copsewood College and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Philip Lynch and his wife, Eileen, have four adult children and live in Co. Kildare .

Philip Lynch has made a most significant contribution to the advancement of Irish-American business links. Furthermore, given that his business interests and directorships extend across a range of major growth sectors including energy, healthcare, food and financial services, it is most likely that new relationships and joint ventures will be forged in the years ahead in the United States.

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